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Man moves Gujarat High Court after police refuse to register case under anti-conversion law

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has recently sought more information from the authorities after a petition was filed by a man claiming not to have filed an FIR on his complaint under the amended Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act.

Petitioner Mohammad Sayyed alleged that the police of Anand district is yet to register a case on his three-month-old complaint that his daughter was abducted and forcibly converted to Hinduism after marriage.

Justice Ilesh J Vora on Friday directed the Assistant Public Prosecutor to obtain directions from the police in respect of the complaint dated June 24, 2021 filed by the petitioner with the Superintendent of Police, Anand.

The HC posted the matter for further hearing on October 27.

The petitioner said that her daughter had gone missing on June 16, 2021, and she later came to know that a man had lured her into marriage and “forcibly changed her religion”.

He approached the Khambhat police station with a criminal complaint seeking registration of an FIR against the person under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, which came into force from June 15.

But the police only made an entry in the station diary and did not register any FIR, Syed alleged, seeking a direction to the police to register a case.

In the petition, both the Superintendent of Police and the Collector of Anand district have been made respondents.

The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, which penalizes conversion of religion by force or fraud through marriage, was notified by the BJP government in the state on June 15.

Notably, the High Court has stayed some of its provisions.

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